ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Being a law enforcement officer is a tough job. Especially now, with all the tension going on in our country. Unfortunately, several officers have lost their lives in the line of duty - in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Kansas City. Even though those cities and conflicts are miles away from north Alabama, the compassion for the families of those fallen officers isn't.
WHNT NEWS 19 Pays it Forward to a group of women showing support during a difficult time.
When her husband walks through the door of their Albertville home each day, Becky realizes how much of a blessing that is. The alternative is scary.
"I can't imagine having someone show up at my door to let me know that my husband died in the line of duty."
Sadly, that did happen to someone's spouse and Becky knew she had to do something.
"As I watched the events unfold on the news, it just broke my heart for the families of these officers who died in the line of duty," says Becky. "As a state trooper wife, I felt compelled to begin a Facebook group."
The Facebook group, Law Enforcement Officers' Wives of Northeast Alabama, grew quickly and led to the idea to send care packages to the families. It will be filled with all kinds of thoughtful items.
"We've got some prayer journals, prayer quilts that one of our members has made," describes Becky.
It's all enclosed in a box with a special scripture, Matthew 5:9, and a lot of love.
"Blessed are the peacemakers because typically your law enforcement officers are peace makers," says Becky. "That's all we want to do is just show our love and support and just let them know they're being thought about and prayed for."
Most of the items are donated, but it will cost money to get the rest of it and cover the shipping. The Pay it Forward money, $319, can cover that.
"Thank you so much!" says Becky. "This will help a lot. Thank you!"
One of the Facebook group members is from Albertville, but lives in Dallas now. Her husband is an officer there. She's helping the ladies from our area get the care packages to the right families. The other ones will be sent directly to each police department in Baton Rouge and Kansas City.